Freedom of Memory Today

Neuroethics, Vol. 1, p. 145, 2008

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 09-010

4 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2009

See all articles by Adam J. Kolber

Adam J. Kolber

Brooklyn Law School; NYU School of Law


Emerging technologies raise the possibility that we may be able to treat trauma victims by pharmaceutically dampening factual or emotional aspects of their memories. Such technologies raise a panoply of legal and ethical issues. While many of these issues remain off in the distance, some have already arisen.

In this brief commentary for the journal Neuroethics, I discuss a real-life case of memory erasure. The case reveals why the contours of our freedom of memory -- our limited bundle of rights to control our memories and be free of outside control -- already merit some attention.

Keywords: Memory, Neuroethics, Neurolaw, Memory Dampening, Freedom of Memory, Therapeutic Forgetting

Suggested Citation

Kolber, Adam Jason, Freedom of Memory Today. Neuroethics, Vol. 1, p. 145, 2008; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 09-010. Available at SSRN:

Adam Jason Kolber (Contact Author)

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